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Music Review: I Want A Truck by Afton Prater - Country - Washington, USA | SRL Reviews


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COUNTRY REVIEWS

04-12-2019 15:14 GMT


Music Reviews (December 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Country artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Country performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Afton Prater on Spotify | Apple Music


Afton Prater
"I Want A Truck"
Country


Smells like youth

Whether your youth is long gone; or you are still battling with pimples, BO and other smells - both good and bad, that last for days even after thorough washing; trying to figure out what all those new hairs mean and if stuff is supposed to look or feel how they do; and of course, struggling to get your “tail wagging” mechanisms under control, “I Want A Truck” is a young, fresh, innocent album that will make you feel special. If you’ve never been serenaded by a teenage girl – let’s say 18 so it's legal, well this is what you’ve missed. If you have, you can bet your last dollar it wasn’t half as good as what you are about to listen to. It’s Washington, US singer songwriter, Afton Pater’s first album, and it sounds like something that was written by a maestra. It’s more amazing than anyone would have expected it to be or even imagined such a young, new artist could create. With only 6 tracks it’ll be over before you know it, but by the time you are done wiping the happy tears from your eyes you'll feel like a fairy sprinkled you with magic dust. You'll be filled with more energy and zest than you’ve ever had your entire life, ready to explore all the amazing new things the world has to offer. It features the critically acclaimed single, “I Want A Truck”.

Music Review: Above The Noise by Honorebel - Reggae - Miami, USA | SRL Reviews


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REGGAE REVIEWS

04-12-2019 14:51 GMT


Music Reviews (December 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Reggae artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Reggae performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Honorebel on Apple Music | Spotify


Honorebel
"Above The Noise"
Reggae


Jaw dropper!

Reggae is a genre of music that holds a special place in every single one of our hearts, whether we know it or not. It’s one of those genres with that uncanny ability to make a listener instantaneously drop everything they are doing and just sprawl. In the words of the great Bob Marley, “when it hits you, you feel no pain” - no one really knows if Bob was talking about music, or if he had in fact just discovered a brand new strain of really strong Marijuana, but it rings true for reggae music every single time. Pop is amazing and rock is too, but nothing numbs pain and will make you float away to a happy place far far away like a reggae song. “Above The Noise” is the brand new album by independent reggae sensation, Honorebel. Originally from Jamaica, he is based in Miami, USA, and his sound is a fusion of the sounds of both regions – a smooth, infectious blend of the bright, exotic, liberating sounds that have all the makings of a party starter. He’s made tracks with some of the world’s greatest artists so there’s no doubt everyone had really high expectations for this album, which was over 3 years in the making; and he defied every single one of them and still has critics lost for words since its release on the 8th of November. The 16 track star-studded album features Rick Ross, Shabba Ranks and a host of other top international urban music artists, and includes the hit singles "Sauce Boss", which was released a few months back, "Your Love", "Lots Of Love" and "Own The Night". If you’ve been looking for an album that turns any given day into a Sunday, then you are in for a treat. Sure, it’s packed with party records and yes, it's perfect for getting the party started on a Saturday night too, but it’s also got that extra bit of “aaah” – that blissful sigh of relief you only get on a Sunday morning. Enjoy!

Music Review: Island Savage by Coolidge | Hip Hop Album | Stream free | Spotify | Apple Music


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

03-12-2019 02:36 GMT


Music Reviews (December 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Coolidge on Spotify | Apple Music


Coolidge
"Island Savage"
Hip Hop


God's work

If you are into real hip hop music then there’s no doubt you’ve always got your eyes and ears peeled wider than a rapper with diamond teeth at bedtime. Hip hop has that uncanny ability to light a fire in a listener’s soul and make them feel like they can do anything – whether or not they’ve been smoking weed. It’s one of those genres you can always turn to during hard times, when you are determined not to take it lying down. It’s one of those genres that’ll not only motivate you to get up off your ass and stop complaining but will go that extra step further and smack you upside your head to get you moving. But sadly real hip hop nowadays seems to be having too much fun in the clubs and spending more time in front of the mirror than James Brown. Rappers seem to be spending too much time stroking their egos to even give a damn about what’s going on in the world, not to mention create music to inspire and motivate their very own fans. When was the last time you heard a song like “Keep Your Head Up”? Or “No Woman No Cry”? Or any rap record that made you feel like everything was going to be alright when you needed to feel like so the most? But it’s not just rappers, many genres are failing to address social and political issues nowadays like the case was even only a few years back, so we can’t only point the finger at hip hop in that aspect. Nevertheless, there are still artists out there who never fail to address their local culture and traditions, world issues and everyday struggles in their music, and take listeners on an adventurous ride of discovery, enlightenment and hope. Hailing from Mississippi, USA, Drevo Coolidge is one of such artists. He has made a name for himself locally and regionally owing to the fact that when he writes a song, and performs it, it’s got Mississippi written all over it and a very broad perspective of the world as a whole. “Island Savage” his latest album was released on the 1st of November. If you haven’t listened to real hip hop in a long time then this album is probably not for you. It’s an 11 track masterpiece that will light a fire in your soul and make you feel like your whole life has been a dream up until this point. Underground music has come a long way since back in the day when underground usually also meant under-produced. Underground hip hop had all the lyrics and beats fans craved but not the crisp sound that gave it a chance to make it onto the charts, enjoy widespread commercial success or win awards. But not only that, it was raw and unhinged, and as the old saying goes – too hard for MTV, although that’s not a problem anymore nowadays when you can say anything on a record and radio will still play it. Coolidge’s new album is one of those landmark albums that is guaranteed to pave the way for underground hip hop artists everywhere. Yes, it’s raw and unhinged but it’s exquisitely produced, fresh and packed with so many hit singles it could pass for a greatest hits album. It features “Faygo” and “Decimals”, two of the biggest hits in his career, which were released this year. This is not one of those albums you just throw on and let it play away in the background while you do other stuff – it’s one of those you can’t miss a second of, and you shouldn't.

Explicit.

Music Review: Santa Baby by Dorothy Milone | R&B Song | Stream free | Soundcloud


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R&B REVIEWS

03-12-2019 01:19 GMT


Music Reviews (December 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming R&B artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie R&B performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Dorothy Milone on Soundcloud 


Dorothy Milone
"Santa Baby"
R&B



Christmas is here again. Yes, those thousand year old songs are back once again to haunt our dreams until we are completely happy – whether we like it or not. As the years go by it seems like those eager neighbors who put their decorations up too early are putting them up earlier and earlier, and those who never seem too keen are putting them up later and later, while some are dropping out of the Christmas game completely and not bothering to put any up at all after a while. But regardless of how people feel about Christmas there's one thing no one can resist - Black Friday, that special day when everyone puts their reservations about the holiday season and even their differences aside, and rushes out to grab those irresistible bargains they’ve waited for all year long. And then before long, rush back out again to do it all over again on Cyber Monday. “Santa Baby” is one of several songs you’ll hear at least one thousand times over the course of the next month (count it if you don't believe it) so it’s important you treat yourself to as many variations of it as possible. Here’s one that will make your toes twinkle. Happy Holidays!

Music Review: Jus Like That by Chingy | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | YouTube | Apple Music


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

03-12-2019 00:26 GMT


Music Reviews (December 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Chingy on YouTube | Apple Music


Chingy
"Jus Like That"
Hip Hop



Good music is indescribable. It reaches deep in your soul and either makes you feel things you’ve never felt before, or it makes you feel things you’ve felt before all over again. It could make you happy, sad, angry or excited, but whatever the case may be you’ll feel accomplished afterwards and you’ll want nothing more than to do it all over again – so you hit repeat, and just like that the feeling is back one more time. Good musicians don’t have to try too hard to make a good song, it comes naturally more often than not. Sure, it’s common to hear of artists struggling to make another big hit but that’s just life. Good things hardly ever come as easy the second time around but when they do they are pretty darn amazing. St. Louis rapper, Chingy is known for his distinctive nursery rhyme style flow. It’ll make you feel like a grown little man learning the letters of the alphabet all over again, while simultaneously holding your head trying to remember when last you felt so good. He’s one of those artists that could make a hit record singing a, b, c, d. “Jus Like That” was released on the 24th of September. It’s just one of several records that has left critics second-guessing themselves, and probably feeling silly too, for ever thinking such a great rapper could ever fall off, even after several years away from the microphone and out of the limelight. It’s one of those songs you hear and think “Good God, they really don’t make ‘em like this anymore”. Hip hop has always been about the lyrics and nothing but the lyrics. Sure when the pioneers of rap talk about how it all started what you here is “two turntables and a microphone”, but take away the turntables and a good rapper will do just as well.

Explicit.

Music Review: Uberman Returns, Pt. 3 by Skunk Radio Live | Hip Hop Playlist | Stream free | YouTube |


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

30-11-2019 21:49 GMT


Music Reviews (November 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie radio station, Skunk Radio Live on YouTube |


Skunk Radio Live
"UBERMAN RETURNS, PT. 3"
Hip Hop


You'll never get your cocks in our asses - they don't eat chicken

Saturday night at the office, what could possibly go wrong?

The part after the hyphen was added for the sake of sensitive people out there who like to beat around the bush. It may also help this article get published and keep someone from losing their job. As in the old African saying - "your shit came up today" (i.e. after you thought you had flushed it down the toilet), there comes a time in life when the truth must surface and be spoken. When things that people are thinking but not saying finally get said, no matter how hard it may be to say or how touchy the subject is. So here it goes -

" ... "

Oh wait, it's already been said. Didn't you read the caption?

Hit the play button and let's never speak of it again. If you didn't get the point this is probably not your part of the show, move along now.

JK. We love the gays, but we like our hip hop REALLY, REALLY HARD and our pop music completely separate. We don't like it sexy and exciting - not to mention happy. We are not fans of rappers who wear pink, or flowery shirts, no matter how macho they think they are - even if they are on holiday. But enough about us. It's Saturday night, turn your speakers up loud and make sure the neighbours come knocking. "Uberman Returns" is back for the third time. If you missed it the first two times, don't worry, no track has been removed, tracks have only been added. Last time the music video playlist was updated we had to water it down with a little R&B because it had gotten too hardcore, but looks like we overdid it - so we've overcompensated and added some really ruff stuff - so hardcore it had to be misspelled. If you are not familiar with "Uberman Returns", it's simply a playlist that reminds listeners to get an Uber, Addison Lee (f* Uber), or public transport (nah, f* that too), maybe just a regular London taxi or black cab, when they are out drinking and sampling all types of drugs. It's safer, and you won't end up in a jail cell on Sunday morning with a hefty biker in really sexy bottomless pants braiding your hair and blowing softly in your ear. As you can tell, it's going to be hell'a explicit. 🤘

Explicit.

Music Review: White Christmas by Hannah Gill | Alternative Pop Song | Stream free | YouTube | Spotify


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ALTERNATIVE POP REVIEWS

25-11-2019 16:21 GMT


Music Reviews (November 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Alternative Pop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Alternative Pop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Hannah Gill on YouTube | Spotify


Hannah Gill
"White Christmas"
Alternative Pop


Is this thing on?

There are two types of people in the world today – those that hate Christmas and those that absolutely love it. The truth is every adult has the tendencies and all the pieces in place that will land them in the first category even if just for a little while, and kids will more often than not end up in the second. It could be just before the holiday season, during or after, but whatever the case may be, this song is more often than not guaranteed to be the one that brings all those innermost feelings about the season out in the open, maybe not for everyone else to see but at least for you to see. It’s the song that tells you that no matter how much you dread it, Christmas is here and there’s nothing you can do about it - the song that tells every adult, “eerr eerr emm, get your wallets out already will ya, it’s that time of the year again”, and the song that tells kids it’s time to go and sit on strange fat man's laps again, while also hoping he doesn’t have his cell phone in his pocket this time. So now that you know Christmas is at hand and whether you like it or not you can’t escape it, let’s get right down to it shall we? Hit the play button and bid your hard earned money adieu. Happy Holidays!

Music Review: I Got The Sauce by Wiz Kid The Weirdo | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | Spotify | Distrokid


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

25-11-2019 15:59 GMT


Music Reviews (November 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Hip Hop artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Hip Hop performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Wiz Kid The Weirdo on Spotify | Distrokid


Wiz Kid The Weirdo
"I Got The Sauce"
Hip Hop


We all listen to music for various reasons. Sometimes it’s just to get the day started, sometimes to make us feel good when we're down, for concentration or distraction, to kill that haunting feeling that results from prolonged periods of silence, to drown out noise, to set the mood right when the old bedroom windows are about to get fogged up, during exercise, and the list goes on and on and on. Here’s a song for when you are at the top of your game and you feel the need to say it out loud. One of those records your hip hop collection will thank you for and your speakers will stand up straight and wipe the cold out its eyes to play. Infectious slow/mid-tempo beat that will reach inside your soul and light up your hip hop fireplace. Vibrating bass line that’ll make your heart rumble. Mesmerising piano melody that will put you in the mind state of a maestro. A very dreamy, spacious feel. Repetitive lyrics that’ll make your head spin. A very cool, confident vibe overall.

Released on the 31st of October, “I Got The Sauce” is the latest single by Georgia, US underground hip hop sensation, Wiz Kid The Weirdo, who is known for his very unique and versatile rap style. It’s a very simple and minimal record and is very different from anything he has ever done. It boasts a much bigger sound, the production is superb and it has a lot of commercial appeal.

Explicit.


Music Review: What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas by Crissi Cochrane | Soul Song | Stream free | YouTube | Bandcamp


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SOUL REVIEWS

25-11-2019 15:19 GMT


Music Reviews (November 2019) - Discover the best emerging, underground & upcoming Soul artists, bands & labels with reviews of the latest songs, albums & mixtapes, music videos, music playlists, live events/gigs, concerts/tours, & other entertainment from your favorite indie Soul performers & entertainers daily on SRL Music Reviews.
Music by indie artist, Crissi Cochrane on YouTube | Bandcamp


Crissi Cochrane
"What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas"
Soul


Happy tears

Christmas is a time for sharing, a time to spend time with friends and loved ones, a time to relax and above all a time to get as far away from work or school or anything even remotely stressful as possible. It’s a time when you are most likely to see old relatives and old friends, both the ones you like and the ones you don’t, and hence a time to make peace, even if only for those special 24 hours. But Christmas songs are getting old, we hear them every single year and no matter how hard today’s music stars try they fail to capture the original magic and pure, unspoiled excitement, the innocence and the immense joy that the old ones offer, at least not without distorting it a little bit with their own vision of what Christmas should be or whatever disgusting fantasies they make have, and think we should too. Mariah Carey, George Michael, Justin Bieber, Destiny's Child, Ariana Grande, NSYNC, John Legend; they’ve all tried but no matter how great, there always seems to be something missing, too much added, or too much in common with the very songs we all need a break from whether we know it, like it or accept it, or not.

Ontario, Canada’s independent soul music star, Crissi Cochrane had a go at it in her critically acclaimed “Santa Baby” EP back in back in 2016 and completely nailed it, not just with this track, “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas”, but also with the 2 other songs on the EP, which, to say the least, will give you butterflies. You know those songs so good they’ll make you say “ouch” and make you wish you could get inside your body and hold yourself real tight? Those songs that’ll make you feel like James Brown – so good you can just kiss yourself?

"Sometimes I feel so nice good God I jump back I wanna kiss myself" - James Brown

Yes, this track will do exactly that to you. Not only will you want nothing more than to wrap your arms tight around yourself and tell yourself everything’s going to be alright this Christmas, like you do when you feel like the whole world has turned against you or deserted you in your time of need; you’ll also feel like you died and went to heaven, and somehow managed to convince Jesus you were totally innocent - you'll feel a sense of absolution from all your worries, that's all that means - nobody knows what you did last Christmas, or if you've been good or bad all year (wink-wink).

Music Review: Honey Smoke by Kulture Freedem | Hip Hop Song | Stream free | Soundcloud |


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HIP HOP REVIEWS

24-11-2019 20:43 GMT
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Kulture Freedem
"Honey Smoke"
Hip Hop



New York rapper, Kulture Freedem made his return to hip hop a couple of years back after a long hiatus that left fans in despair following a successful independent hip hop career that was as promising as a lone pair of Victoria’s Secrets hanging on the clothes line in the new neighbor's back yard. He offered a fresh new sound that was and still is very unique, and his return to the microphone after over 10 years is bringing much joy to New York’s underground hip hop scene and the East Coast as a whole. “Honey Smoke” was released back in February. The forceful vocal delivery shows the amount of energy and passion that has inevitably built up from being away from the studio for so long with so much talent and so much to give, and is a sign of good things to come. If you like your hip hop hard and thorough then this one’s for you.

Explicit.